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, and it doesn't take that much effort to be there for a kid. and i see -- i was very happy during sandy, we were able to do some things to raise through covenant house and the cooperation of some extraordinary people, to raise a lot of money because it actually doesn't take that much money to give a person a doorway of hope, and the last thing i'll say on this, for me, i get very upset, because when i first became mayor, i had a metaphor that i clung to. i tell people, such an optimistic hopeful person, told people i'm a prisoner of hope. when we walked through city hall seven years ago, there were so many challenges and i would try to gird my team up and say we're prisoners of hope. we can do nothing but hope. now seven years later my metaphor is completely changed. i see powerfulfully transformative things happening, from the large parks expansion in the century, down housing market to the creativity of my team to double the production of affordable house; first anytime 60 years the population actually going up. hotels built by new -- newarker, and i'm now hope unhinged because now i believe t
. the reason that superstorm sandy caused such damage in the northeast of the united states was not exclusively related to environmental policies and actions taken in the united states of america. we live on a shared planet, we have shared interests across that planet; climate, health care, labor, migration issues, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction issues, regulating financial markets globally. and the course of civilization, the history of civilization is taking government from small tribes and villages to city-states, to nation-states, to broader and broader societal groupings because our economies extended across the old borders, and our travel extended across the old borders, and the threats and risks we face came from beyond those borders. so it's only natural that over time we'll develop stronger global institutions because we face more shared problems with all of these people. and if i can add one last thing, remember the beginning of of the united states of america. the economy of the southern states and the northern states was very, very different. and even today the economy
that have now been in ruins. and also now, given hurricane sandy, those down in new jersey and staten island, queens and brooklyn can also, unfortunately, relate to this challenge. what do you do? now, whether we come to this storyline with that kind of connection or not, we've all had disasters in our experience. we've all had those unexpected moments where something happens, and suddenly our life isn't the same as it was a moment before. everything has changed. we have to figure out how do we survive. these moments of crisis test us. they test our instincts, our loyalties, our faith in ourselves, our creativity. they test our emotions, and they certainly test our courage. on may 16, 1874, a reservoir dam gave way in western massachusetts. it unleashed an inland tidal wave that was at times 20 to 40 feet high, and 300 feet wide. it roared down a 40-mile valley and swept through the villages of williamsburgh, skinnerville, hayden bill, lead, florence. to give you a sense of the power of that water is to appreciate the amount of time it took to pass through portions of the valley. in the lowe
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